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4.26.2013

Tatcha & Go: Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask (A Skincare Review)

Are you a mask person? As in beauty masks. I've never been huge on them...mostly because I'm a little lazy and the thought of slathering things on my face and losing the ability to talk, smile, or laugh for 15-20 minutes is not all that appealing...I should probably just use them when I'm alone, but timing always makes it so I'm doing it at night around the time Husband Charles gets home. He has learned how to read my humming sounds if I have a mask on. I'm sure this skill will come in handy some day. So far he understands "How are you?" and "Tell me about your day."

Though most masks will deter you from speaking, some aren't nearly as time-consuming. (Washing mud masks off at the sink drives me nuts.) And not all masks are meant to sop up oil either. Some are designed for other things...more things I'm interested in.

Enter Tatcha's Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask:


Did you hear a choir of angels just now? No? Hm. You should've...because that's how I felt after using this amazing mask.

Usage: Night Time - (They recommend) Once or Twice a Week
See, after I got back from Japan and was catapulted straight back to work, I felt like my body (especially my skin) was recovering really slowly from all the air travel...and not using underwater spring water to bathe in anymore. (Yes, my hotel was using pristine water from the depths underneath Kyoto...and my skin & hair had never felt better.)

Needless to say, my skin felt dry and sad. I had been saving the Hydration Mask (provided by my amazing pun-master friends over at Tatcha) for just this purpose. I was hoping it would jumpstart my skin again and get it back to where it was before all the flying.

The Bottom Line:
SO good. It was cooling, soothing, smelled wonderful, felt wonderful, and did its job. That is to say, it lifted and hydrated perfectly...not to mention, the mask itself is just really fun to use. Do I sound like a crazy person for calling a mask "fun?" Let me explain...

The mask is made up of coconut-derived microcellulose. It feels gelatinous, but firm. The material was originally created to treat burn victims. This microcellulose creates an occlusive (that's a fancy way of saying it doesn't let anything in or out) layer on your skin, bringing you 53% deeper penetration than paper masks. It's probably the same sensation you would get if you put a jellyfish on your face...without the stinging and poison and possible fatality. So, cooling, tingling, relaxing, kind of strange in a fun way...without death or paralysis.

You can read more about the ingredients infused into the mask by following the link above the photo.

Anyway, after 15 minutes of me lying on our dining room table bench and mumbling to Husband Charles about the day's events, I pulled the mask off to find super hydrated, intensely smooth, blindingly bright, surprisingly lifted skin. In other words, yeah, it was pretty alright in my books. (As in, it was AWESOME.) AND no messy clean-up. No rinsing. You just massage what serum is left on your face into your skin and follow with moisturizer.

Flight? What flight? My skin looked better than it did before I took my trip around the world. All in 15 minutes.

Wanna see it in action? Check out the video here (it'll give you better idea of the whole "jellyfish" concept):


I love how they have how-to videos on all of their products. Seriously, sometimes people just don't use products correctly and get bent out of shape when things don't work...but I'm digressing.

I would definitely say that everyone needs to try this out. Though, to be fair, it's a Tatcha pricey (pun #1!), but if your face is in dire need of a pick-me-up, this is a really great way to do that.

Hope you get a chance to try it out some time! And if you do, be sure to let me know what you think. I'd be curious to see if you have the same results as I did! Stay in Tatcha (yep, I needed one more pun) and happy masking! xo!

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